April 21: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1509 - Henry VIII ascends the throne of England on the death of his father, Henry VII.
- 1898 - Spanish-American War: The United States Navy begins a blockade of Cuban ports. When the U.S. Congress issued a declaration of war on April 25, it declared that a state of war had existed from this date.
- 1918 - World War I: German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, better known as "The Red Baron", is shot down and killed over Vaux-sur-Somme in France.
- 1962 - The Seattle World's Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opens. It is the first World's Fair in the United States since World War II.
- 1992 - The first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomers Alexander Wolszczan and Dale Frail. They discovered two planets orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12.
- Famous Birthdays: Michel Rolle (French mathematician), Alexander Anderson (American illustrator), Percy Williams Bridgman (American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate), Paul Karrer (Swiss chemist, Nobel Prize laureate), Elizabeth II of The United Kingdom
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